Third Horizon Thinking

A major challenge to global sustainability and regeneration is the dominant form of thinking that has shaped our world into crisis and conditioned our decisions. This is first horizon thinking.

In his new book, H3Uni founder Anthony Hodgson, has condensed a lifetime of research into the question as to how we need to think differently in a way that questions many deeply ingrained assumptions of the first horizon and opens up new possibilities for a horizon two transitions.

In the book he describes a search for ways of thinking congruent with the emerging third horizon. It is a journey that takes systems thinking to a new level called second-order science. This approach includes the presence of the observer, other ways of knowing than normal science, and serves as a foundation for practices of creative collaboration.

The Journey

Step 1 – Seeking

Things are not working and provoke a search for something better – enhancing systems thinking.

Step 2 – Glimpsing

An approach is discovered – namely including the observer as legitimate. 

Step 3 – Seeing

A promising clue is found – understanding of the future needs to be reframed.

Step 4 – Catching

Now another view of system is possible – upframing the significance of anticipatory systems in an expanded present moment.

Step 5 – Taming

The meaning of decision making is changed – harmonisation of the inner and the outer through integrity.

Step 6 – Riding

The insights illuminate collective intelligence – the application of participative repatterning.

Step 7 – Sitting

The realization of wholeness – all is now in the present moment of the system which includes us.

Step 8 – Transforming

We can release the systemic capacities we need because they are latent and can be released.

Anthony’s new book  – Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World: A Search for New Perspectives – invites us into becoming reflexive practitioners of the art and science of re-patterning and co-creating an uncertain future through a deeper appreciation of the qualities inherent in the future potential of the present moment.

New Books Network – interview on Anthony’s new book in two parts:

Part 1


Part 2

Anthony’s new book — Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World: A Search for New Perspectives — invites us into becoming reflexive practitioners of the art and science of re-patterning and co-creating an uncertain future through a deeper appreciation of the qualities inherent in the future potential of the present moment.The book offers new ways of embracing uncertainty in a complex world yet nevertheless finding constructive ways to collaborate with others ready to chart our collective path into a future that will surprise us while also taking seriously our co-creative agency to affect that future.

Daniel Wahl, Ph.D.

Author: Designing Regenerative Cultures

If you accept the premise that consciousness and its exercise is an essential factor in taking practical action together – which as action researchers we certainly do – then this book offers a rich compendium of approaches to try out for oneself and one’s practice. 

Anthony has distilled a lifetime of exploration in reconciling  love of science with a deep personal search for understanding the future. This has led him to advocate for the key role of the Self as critical for understanding and taking action toward a better future. Anthony helps us see that a better future is also now. We plant seeds, rather than speculate and plan.  First person consciousness is critical to overcome our stuckness around new and needed collaborations.  Having the chapters follow the outline of the Zen stages of ox herding, is a nice touch.

Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief Action Research journal, CEO AR+ Action Research Plus Foundation

I’m looking forward to reading it again—and glad Morin was useful for you.

I’m pretty sure we’ll be using this in my program, where a good systems book would find a wonderful home. 

And of course your perspective is very fresh—as you know, it’s not unusual for systems books to become rather heavy going as well as miss the epistemological dimension.

Alfonso Montuori

Professor of Transformative Inquiry at the California Institute of Integral Studies